Golu Rabbit's Day Out
Every morning Molu went out into the forest and nearby farms to hunt for carrots and radishes.
Golu loved juicy red carrots and Molu used to bring him the fattest, largest ones. When Golu bit into them, the juice would run down his chin.
Before leaving she would tell Golu, "Golu! Do not come out of the burrow. Make no noise and lie very still no matter what you hear. You are a baby rabbit and you will get lost in the woods if you wander about."
And Golu would. After his mother was gone he would lie very still at the mouth of the burrow and look through the tall grass at the forest.
He could see what was going on around his forest. Little sparrow chicks on the trees would chirp down to Golu and talk to him as they waited for their mother to bring them food.
In the afternoon he could see his friend Cooty the large mongoose nosing about. Cooty had his burrow close by, but he was a little bully and Molu always warned little Golu to stay away from him.
Cooty would fight with everybody. On seeing him, Golu would not even twitch his nose nor wave his paws. He would lie very still.
But Golu was very curious to know what lay beyond the oak tree in which the sparrows nested. He was interested in playing with Cooty and chasing squirrels. He wanted to go hop, hop hop all over -- just like his mother.
"Bah," said Golu, "I'm not a baby rabbit any more, I am five weeks old. I should be allowed to go out and play." So one day, after his mother left the burrow, Golu decided to sneak off. He told himself he would just go up to the oak tree and peek beyond it.
So he took small hops and reached the tree. He sniffed about. The green grass smelled fresh after the morning dew. He cocked his head and listened. He could hear the birds chirping.
He hopped beyond the oak tree. And the view was even more beautiful than what he imagined. He could see a herd of deer grazing in the distance. He saw an open grassland. Swallows flew about swooping low catching insects in the air. Monkeys chattered in the trees and threw fruit at each other as they played dancing from tree to tree.
Golu decided to investigate further. He hopped further into the forest. He cocked his head. Suddenly Golu heard a little sound not far away. It sounded like "Swish, swish". He had never heard such a sound and this was different from the way the grass moved.
The sound came nearer as the grass moved, "rustle . . .rustle . . .rustle". Golu was interested. The noise seemed to move this way and that. Then the sound came nearer, "rustle . . .rustle . . .rustle". The sound came nearer, nearer and nearer. Golu wondered what animal could move so smoothly and moved forward a hop.
Golu Rabbit's Day Out [Stories for kids]
By B Sumangal; Illustrations by Anup Singh
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